Introducing WP-SpamFree’s Successor – WP-SpamShield

A Faster, More Advanced Anti-Spam Plugin that Stops Spam Cold

WP-SpamFree has a powerful new replacementMany of you have noticed that I was gone for a while…four years. And so was WP-SpamFree. In 2010 I enlisted in the Army, which meant I was going to have to be out of the development game for a while. In preparation for this, I passed the plugin on to another developer hoping it would be maintained and improved upon.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much progress made on the plugin while I was gone, which was pretty frustrating to see. The developer who I handed it off to ended up simply not having the bandwidth to maintain it. They thought they would, but you know, things change. I do understand…things happen. In that time, WordPress evolved, and so did spam and the Internet. In the anti-spam game, you’ve got to keep up on things to have a fighting chance.

Plugins that don’t get updated in fours years are generally considered unsafe to use. For one example, as PHP (the coding language that powers WordPress) evolves, some of the functions used get deprecated (phased out) and have to be replaced, among other things. So, it’s generally best for plugins that haven’t been updated in this long to be put to rest.

I first developed WP-SpamFree in 2007. Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been that long. It’s kind of crazy to think it was over 6 years ago. I remember when I first started the plugin, it was SO basic and had so few features. It really developed a ton and got very popular in just a couple years.

So, I finished my contract with the Army late last year, and got back into everything.

WP-SpamFree Has a New Little Brother, a Ninja…on Steroids

I dug out the old archived WP-SpamFree files, and started making some tweaks to the old plugin code as a test development version. I toyed with the idea of trying to fully revive the old plugin and work with other developers to develop it going forward. There were several options on the table…continuing to work on the old plugin, or creating a new one. After looking at the options and seeing that there just wasn’t enough interest in collaboration, and then deliberating quite a bit, it became clear that the best path was to create a brand new plugin as a fork of WP-SpamFree ( and push forward with some awesome new developments. Read more on Introducing WP-SpamFree’s Successor – WP-SpamShield…

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WP-SpamFree Version 2.0

WP-SpamFree version 2.0 is here! Your favorite spam fighter for WordPress is better than ever with new features you’re sure to love.

What’s New in Version 2.0

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WP-SpamFree Update – Landmarks and What’s on the Horizon

The WP-SpamFree WordPress spam plugin has come a long way since its launch just over 14 months ago. Today it passed the landmark of 100,000 downloads on Wow, that’s more than I could have ever expected in such a short time. It’s also become one of the most popular comment anti-spam plugins for WordPress, as well as one of the most popular plugins for WordPress in general (according to

One of the best parts of this process is the feedback we’ve received from all of you, the users. From positive feedback to suggestions, it has all been extremely valuable. Many of the suggestions have directly resulted in improvements and new features for the plugin. Your feedback really does make a difference, and it benefits all the other users of WP-SpamFree. Read more on WP-SpamFree Update – Landmarks and What’s on the Horizon…

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Why SEO-Conscious Blog Owners Need WP-SpamFree

Spam Steals Time and Money

Most of us are familiar with blog comment spam. For some who don’t have adequate protection, it can cost many hours of valuable time trying to clean up spam, or trying to wade through a spam queue. Those of you who are business owners are keenly aware that time is money, and this deluge of spam can have negative financial effects on your business.

Spam is an SEO Problem

Another problem with spam is its effect on your blog’s search engine optimization efforts. Search engines measure the quality of your outbound links, and if you aren’t moderating your comments, there could be comment links on your site to bad neighborhoods, which are spammy sites that search engines have identified. Sites that link to these will often be penalized. Read more on Why SEO-Conscious Blog Owners Need WP-SpamFree…

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WP-SpamFree Update – Version 1.8 With New Drop-In Spam-Free Contact Form

Due to popular demand, I’ve added a spam-free contact form feature to WP-SpamFree. Apparently you guys all like blogging without spam, and have requested quite a few times to have me create either a new plugin or add a feature that adds a drop-in contact form for your blog, and uses the WP-SpamFree secret sauce to keep spammers away. Well, your wish is now a reality. Read more on WP-SpamFree Update – Version 1.8 With New Drop-In Spam-Free Contact Form…

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WP-SpamFree Update – New Features, Including Trackback Spam Protection

Those of you who have kept up with recent updates will probably have noticed your trackback/pingback spam going down. Well, recently I added a powerful trackback/pingback spam protection algorithm. So far, from all the tests and reports I’ve gotten back, it seems to be working really well. If for some reason, you do have a trackback or pingback spam get through, please let me know by submitting your spam sample, including as much info about it as possible at the WP-SpamFree Support Page. Read more on WP-SpamFree Update – New Features, Including Trackback Spam Protection…

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WP-SpamFree Updated to Work with WordPress 2.5 – Version 1.5.8 Released

WordPress 2.5 was just released yesterday, and it seems to have broken many plugins (and themes) including WP-SpamFree. Or more correctly, some of the hooks in WP 2.5 are broken, including the comment_form hook. There’s not much documentation out yet on the new version, and I haven’t had time yet to study the new code.

However I did modify WP-SpamFree to work with 2.5 and released a new version – 1.5.8. It should work fine with both 2.5 and earlier versions of WordPress, but if you experience any problems at all, please submit a support request so we can look into it ASAP. Read more on WP-SpamFree Updated to Work with WordPress 2.5 – Version 1.5.8 Released…

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WP-SpamFree Update – Version 1.5.7 Released

Whew, it’s been a busy couple of weeks! Since the last release, I’ve gotten some great feedback from you all, including valuable constructive criticisms that have helped me improve the plugin. I worked on fixing some bugs and improving a few more things with this release. So, here’s version 1.5.7…check it out. Read more on WP-SpamFree Update – Version 1.5.7 Released…

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WP-SpamFree Update – Version 1.5.4 Released

WP-SpamFree is going strong. It’s been out for 4 months, and just hit 5,000 downloads in the last couple days. This morning I released version 1.5.4 with a few new features you’ll like, so be sure to check it out. Read more on WP-SpamFree Update – Version 1.5.4 Released…

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WP-SpamFree Major Update – Version 1.5 Released

Yet another super-spiffy upgrade to WP-SpamFree. This one packs a punch, and has some great new features that will make it even tougher to beat. We’ve received some great challenges and feedback since the last release, and I’ve been working on adding some of the features you’ve been requesting (like a counter). Read more on WP-SpamFree Major Update – Version 1.5 Released…

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